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No. 1 Trojan Boys shut out Hobart

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It must have taken a little while to get over yesterday’s news, but the Chesterton boys soccer team lived up to the billing.

The Trojans found themselves atop the Class 3A rankings for the first time this season, struggled in the first half, then cruised to a 9-0 non-conference victory over Hobart.

“(Monday) we were pushed up to the Number 1 spot for the coaches poll,” Chesterton coach Lucas Sabedra said. “I think it means a lot to these boys that all the hard work since June is paying off.”

The Trojans scored the only goal of the first half when Ryan O’Dell found the back of the net.

“At halftime, we asked them to slow their game down and look to keep the ball more instead of forcing the ball straight up the field,” Sabedra said. “It naturally led to more chances around the box and more combination plays. We have a tendency to get frustrated when the goals aren't pouring in.

“So that patience and composure is something we work on day-to-day.”

Once the goals started pouring in, the faucet never shut off.

The Trojans got goals from Seth Conway (3), Thomas Gutierrez (2), Nick Biel, Jack Eaton and Peter Girzadas.

Bailey Arthur (3), Kyle McEuen (2), Robbie Capehart and Evan Ekblaw all dished out assists.

“The boys were having fun and it was our last home game in that second half,” Sabedra said. “It meant a lot for our five seniors (Eaton, Arthur, Andy VanNoort, Nick Harmon and Ekblaw) to stay out there and be a part of Senior Night.”

Harmon recorded three saves in the shutout victory.

Chesterton returns to the field on Wednesday when they travel to LaPorte with a chance to win the outright Duneland Athletic Conference title.

The JV game is scheduled for a 5 p.m. start.

Chesterton 9, Hobart 0


Chesterton -- Seth Conway 3 goals, 1 assist; Thomas Gutierrez 2 goals; Ryan O’Dell 1 goal; Nick Biel 1 goal; Jack Eaton 1 goal; Peter Girzadas 1 goal; Bailey Arthur 3 assists; Kyle McEuen 2 assists; Robbie Capehart 1 assist; Evan Ekblaw 1 assist; Nick Harmon 3 saves.

Hobart -- Johna Spirolazzi 9 saves.




Posted 9/25/2018




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